Pushing Daisies

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  • TV-PG
  • 2007
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.3  (54,458)

A show created by Bryan Fuller that aired on ABC for two seasons, Pushing Daisies is a comedy drama that follows the strange life of a professional pie baker who possesses the ability to raise the dead with a touch. Ned the pie maker, played by Lee Pace, helps private investigator Emerson Cod played by Chi McBride with unsolved murders by bringing the victims back to life to ask how they died. The arrangement works out well for Ned until he learns his childhood sweetheart Charlotte "Chuck" Charles played by Anna Friel was murdered and, after Ned brings her back to life, he can't bring himself to put her back into death. Ned allows her to live and the pair fall in love and she comes to live him though they can never touch since a second touch to someone Ned brings back to life will kill them forever. Chuck joins Ned and Emerson in their investigations and the trio get involved in strange misadventures during cases while dealing with surprises and problems from their past and their present circumstances. Throughout the series their inability to touch one another remains an obstacle for the couple. Another is Ned's guilt at knowledge that, as a child, bringing his own mother back from the dead killed Chuck's father. The pair also have the ongoing problem of keeping the secret of her being alive again from Lily and Vivian (played by Swoosie Kurtz and Ellen Greene) the aunts who raised her. Ned must deal with Olive Snook played by Kristen Chenoweth, the waitress in his restaurant who has fallen in love with him but whose affections he does not return. Emerson's storyline follows his search for his daughter, lost to him when his wife took her away. The show was nominated for and won several awards and is known for its quirky characterizations and its singular and vivid visual style. When ratings declined, the show was cancelled and wrapped up in a short epilogue to the final episode.

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Kerplunk
13. Kerplunk
June 13, 2009
When one of Lily and Vivian's old synchronized swimming rivals is murdered, the aunts must come out of retirement to solve the case.
Water and Power
12. Water and Power
June 6, 2009
Emerson's old flame offers a bit of quid pro quo in return for proving her innocence in the murder of the owner of the Papen County Dam, who Emerson despises. Meanwhile, Olive takes a liking to Randy Mann, the taxidermist and former client of My Best Friend, Inc.
Window Dressed to Kill
11. Window Dressed to Kill
May 30, 2009
Erin Embry, window dresser extraordinaire for Dicker's department store, is killed and Chuck manages to get the Pie Hole gang on the case. Erin's fans think it was her window-dressing partner, Coco Juniper, who did the deed. Apparently the two artistic minds did not always meet. Meanwhile, Ned loses his zapping ability which causes him a small crisis of identity. How can he assist in solving cases if he can't undead and redead? How does it change his relationship with Chuck? And why are Ned and Olive posing as a couple?
The Norwegians
10. The Norwegians
December 17, 2008
When Emerson turns down Vivian's request to look into the sudden disappearance of Dwight Dixon (recurring guest star STEPHEN ROOT), she turns to another team of private investigators, lead by Emerson's bitter rival, Magnus Olsdatter (guest star ORLANDO JONES - "Drumline," "MADtv"). Magnus and his cohorts are relentless Norwegian gumshoes, ejected from their own country, and their snooping may reveal all of Ned's and Chuck's secrets. IVANA MILICEVIC ("Chuck," "Ugly Betty," "Battle in Seattle") and MICHAEL WEAVER ("Super Troopers," "Notes from the Underbelly") also guest star.
The Legend of Merle McQuoddy
9. The Legend of Merle McQuoddy
December 10, 2008
Elliott McQuoddy hires Emerson to investigate the death of his mother Nora, a lighthouse keeper found harpooned to death on her own light.
Comfort Food
8. Comfort Food
December 3, 2008
Chef Colonel Likken takes a licking, and his widow hires Emerson to find her husband's original recipe that vanished when the Colonel was deep-fried to death.
Robbing Hood
7. Robbing Hood
November 26, 2008
When Gustav Hoffer, the creator of the mechanized yarn-baller, dies during a robbery, his laywer hires Emerson to determine if premeditated murder was planned. Meanwhile, a man out of chuck's past finds her empty coffin and starts asking questions of the aunts.
Oh Oh Oh...It's Magic
6. Oh Oh Oh...It's Magic
November 19, 2008
The Great Herrmann hires Emerson to find out who's trying to kill him, and magic, murder, and mystery mix, while Ned discovers that there's some magic in his father's history.
Dim Sum Lose Some
5. Dim Sum Lose Some
October 29, 2008
A Chinese restaurant owner, Mr. Bao Di, is killed in a seeming accident. His wife hires Emerson to investigate what she believes was murder, and the team discovers that Bao owed gambling debts and used his daughter's hand in marriage as collateral.
Frescorts
4. Frescorts
October 22, 2008
Emerson has to deal with a visit from his mother, and a sexy client who needs his help in solving the murder of her best friend Joe... and Joe had a lot of best friends.
Bad Habits
3. Bad Habits
October 15, 2008
Still at the nunnery, Olive hires Emerson and Ned to investigate the suspicious suicide of a nun. Meanwhile, Chuck wonders what to do with her new life.
Circus Circus
2. Circus Circus
October 8, 2008
A woman hires Emerson to find her missing daughter, and the trail leads to a circus. Meanwhile, Chuck moves out of Ned's apartment, and her aunts visit the Pie Hole.
Bzzzzzzzzz!
1. Bzzzzzzzzz!
October 1, 2008
In the aftermath of learning the Aunts' secret, Olive decides to resign as waitress and Lily arranges for her to be checked into a nunnery. Meanwhile, Emerson takes on the case of a woman who died in a bee-related incident.
Description

A show created by Bryan Fuller that aired on ABC for two seasons, Pushing Daisies is a comedy drama that follows the strange life of a professional pie baker who possesses the ability to raise the dead with a touch. Ned the pie maker, played by Lee Pace, helps private investigator Emerson Cod played by Chi McBride with unsolved murders by bringing the victims back to life to ask how they died. The arrangement works out well for Ned until he learns his childhood sweetheart Charlotte "Chuck" Charles played by Anna Friel was murdered and, after Ned brings her back to life, he can't bring himself to put her back into death. Ned allows her to live and the pair fall in love and she comes to live him though they can never touch since a second touch to someone Ned brings back to life will kill them forever. Chuck joins Ned and Emerson in their investigations and the trio get involved in strange misadventures during cases while dealing with surprises and problems from their past and their present circumstances.

Throughout the series their inability to touch one another remains an obstacle for the couple. Another is Ned's guilt at knowledge that, as a child, bringing his own mother back from the dead killed Chuck's father. The pair also have the ongoing problem of keeping the secret of her being alive again from Lily and Vivian (played by Swoosie Kurtz and Ellen Greene) the aunts who raised her. Ned must deal with Olive Snook played by Kristen Chenoweth, the waitress in his restaurant who has fallen in love with him but whose affections he does not return. Emerson's storyline follows his search for his daughter, lost to him when his wife took her away.

The show was nominated for and won several awards and is known for its quirky characterizations and its singular and vivid visual style. When ratings declined, the show was cancelled and wrapped up in a short epilogue to the final episode.

Pushing Daisies is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (22 episodes). The series first aired on October 3, 2007.

Where to Watch Pushing Daisies

Pushing Daisies is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Pushing Daisies on demand at HBO Max, Amazon, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, Apple TV and CW Seed.

  • Premiere Date
    October 3, 2007
  • IMDB Rating
    8.3  (54,458)